Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system which can fit roughly 300 Earths is a bizarre planet in itself. Its Great Red Spot (GRS) in the live example which is constantly in the headlines ever since researchers discovered that its size is shrinking. NASA’s Juno space probe which relays data and images about Jupiter has been instrumental in providing stunning images and data on the various parts of the Jupiter. In fact, it has been providing high-quality and mind-boggling images of the Great Red Spot and the Jupiter itself as never seen before. Juno completes an orbit around the giant planet ever 53.5 days with the velocity greater than 75 times the speed of a bullet. Researchers and enthusiasts mixed and processed the raw images sent by NASA’s Juno and the result is mind-blowing.
First of all, it is important to understand the subject of the images being processed. According to a report, the space probe zooms past the planet at high-speed taking hundreds of data points every moment. The closest encounter to the planet is called Perijoves when Juno collects information about the planet using its radiation detectors, magnetic field recorders, radar systems, gravitational field recorders and other instruments to form a detail image when processed.
NASA updates the raw black and white images and data collected by Juno on its website so that people can have a look at it and process it accordingly to see the gas giant in true colors. On April 1, Juno finished its 12th perijove or the closest encounter to the orbiting planet after which it sent data and images taken from JunoCam, an optical camera. Even before it could relay the data, people across the globe including the scientists have acquired downloaded the raw black and white data which requires extensive processing. However, when completely processed, the images look flamboyant and stunning.
Jupiter has been under a constant flux of hot gases and winds flowing at an unimaginable speed forming vertices, storms, tornadoes which goes deep inside the atmosphere. Since the atmosphere is extremely thick being made up of a plethora of elements, it is not possible to peep what’s inside the cloud space which is why researchers have been trying to get a glimpse of what is there under the thick blanket of clouds spanning tens and hundreds of kilometers in length. These images are marvelous, you must have a look too.
More importantly, researchers were able to find that Jupiter’s outermost atmosphere is dominated by differently colored bands flowing in different directions which have been intriguing scientists to know what’s actually inside. With sophisticated scanning and imaging technique, researchers were able to estimate that these bands extend to over 3000km deep flowing in opposite direction. However, there is a rigid body inside the bands which doesn’t tend to have any effect on these massive jet streams. Have a look here..!